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It’s all about STEM

The courses offered deal with the relevant contents that are required to start university in the respective STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects. The Abitur level forms the basis and leads over to the academic knowledge level. 
It is essential that the form of instruction leads away from school-based to academic learning and has a lecture and seminar character. The future students are prepared for the teaching and learning methods of the universities (lectures, work in practice groups and internships), so that independent learning is practiced more intensively. Seminars such as Learning to learn and Study organization support you in this process.

 

Internships and Counselling

As a prospective student, you will be prepared for two academic internships (1-2 weeks each) at partner universities or scientific institutes as well as for a company internship (one month, preferably abroad). 

If you are still undecided, we will also work together to find the right subject between the more and more specialized study programs. By deepening your knowledge of STEM you will get to know all relevant facets and can focus on your own preferences with the help of electives.

We will support you with detailed advice on choosing the right course of study at domestic and foreign universities.


Start of ready4MINT?

Our study preparation programme is expected to start in spring 2021.

You want to learn more about ready4MINT? Dates for information events will be published here shortly. 

 

 

Courses

Our programme will be divided between Mandatory Courses and Electives depending on the students’ interests.

Your ready4MINT timetablecould look like this (sample timetable).

 

Mandatory Courses

 

The following compulsory courses must be taken by all participants in the number of hours per week indicated:


-    Mathematics – Analysis (2h/week)
-    Mathematics – Geometry (2h/week)
-    Physics – Mechanics (2h/week)
-    Chemistry – Physical and Inorganic Chemistry (3h/week)
-    Computer Science (4h/week)
-    English (3h/week)

 

Total: 16h/week

 

 

Mathematics – Analysis (2h/week): Functions, derivatives, integrals

In this course you will study four mathematical subjects that are assumed to be mastered by beginning University students: functions, equations, differentiation and integration. You will learn to understand...

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Mathematics – Analytic Geometry and Linear Algebra (2h/week): Vectors, geometry in 2D and 3D, matrices

We will focus in this course on the area of mathematics that studies lines, planes and vectors and the areas and spaces they create. We will solve problems using plane geometry and vectors in a plane and problems associated with lines, circles, and conic sections....

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Physics – Mechanics (2h/week): Kinematics, dynamics, mechanical waves

In this course, you will learn about the branches of mechanics: kinematics – the study of motion – and dynamics – the study of the forces that cause motion. The first part of the year will be dedicated to the different types of motion, whereas the second part will focus on the study of forces, energy and momentum....

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Chemistry – Physical and Inorganic Chemistry (3h/week): Periodic table, structure and classification of matter, chemical reactions and energy, acid-base reactions, redox reactions, precipitation reactions

The purpose of this course is to learn about the fundamentals of physical and inorganic Chemistry. After learning about the evolution of the atomic model, from Dalton to the quantum mechanical model of the atom, you will study the characteristics and properties of matter, and revisit how Mendeleev developed the periodic table of the elements...

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Computer Science (4h/week): Data analysis with Excel, LaTeX, basic programming, data bank development, big data analysis

According to the Association of Computer Machinery:
“Computing and computer technology are part of just about everything that touches our lives from the cars we drive, to the movies we watch, to the ways businesses and governments deal with us. Understanding different dimensions of computing is part of the necessary skill set for an educated person in the 21st century.”...

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English (3h/week): Focus on reading and writing technical and scientific texts (academic writing)

In this course, you will gain confidence in the English language by improving your ability to read, speak and write in primarily academic contexts...

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Electives courses

The elective courses are, as the name suggests, to be chosen individually and independently according to interest and focus. This allows you to put together a program that is tailored to your personal focus. 6 hours of elective courses are included in the monthly tuition fees. If you wish to take more than 6 hours of elective courses, additional fees will be charged. We recommend not to exceed a maximum of 25 hours per week.


-    Mathematics – Statistics and probability (2h/week)
-    Physics – Electromagnetism (2h/week): Electric and magnetic field, electromagnetic induction, electronics
-    Physics – Quantum and nuclear Physics (2h/week): Optics, quantum physics, nuclear physics
-    Chemistry – Organic Chemistry (2h/week)
-    Biology (3h/week): Human physiology, genetics
-    History and Ethics (2h/week): History of science, philosophy of science, scientific ethics

 

 

Mathematics – Statistics and probability (2h/week)

Statistics and probability are key-tools to help us navigating the information society. The aim of this course is to provide students with a balanced understanding of both...

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Physics – Electric and magnetic field (2h/week): Electricity, electromagnetism, electromagnetic induction, electronics

There are four forces at play in the Universe. At large scales the force of gravity dominates.  At small distances, the two nuclear forces hold sway. For everything in between, the electromagnetic force rules...

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Physics – Quantum and nuclear Physics (2h/week): Optics, quantum physics, nuclear physics

After studying the properties of light and the laws of optics, students will learn how the concept of wave-particle duality of light initiated the development of quantum mechanics. You will learn about the main experimental findings of the beginning of the 20th century, such as the photoelectric effect or the double-slit experiment with electrons...

 

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Chemistry – Organic Chemistry (2h/week)

In this elective you will learn some important organic chemistry concepts, including nomenclature, functional group properties and reactivity, reaction mechanisms and their representation, isomerism and molecular orbitals....

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Biology (3h/week): Human physiology, genetics, neurobiology

This course aims to help prepare students for further study in the life sciences, as well as giving students a greater understanding of the increasingly important role that recent developments in biology play in our lives. We will start by covering the central dogma of molecular biology...

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History and Ethics (2h/week): History of science, philosophy of science, scientific ethics

In this course, we will focus on the different aspects of historical development in natural Sciences, especially in Physics. The main focus will lie on the development of the end of the 19th century...

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Study choice reflection (extra lessons)

In order to help you choose a course of study, we offer an optional seminar that will help you to get to know the contents of the individual subjects and to better assess what to expect and whether the subject is right for you for an entire course of study. ...

 

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Grading

The following instruments are used to evaluate your learning success:


-    Graded assignments
-    Lab reports
-    Internship reports and presentations
-    Examinations: two times per year, held in January and June